Children in Families
The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.
Founder & CEO
Lisa Lovatt-Smith in 2016 in Barcelona.
Lisa Lovatt-Smith, writer, fashion journalist and child activist, is the former Fashion Director of Spanish Vogue magazine and founder of OAfrica, a charity that supports vulnerable children.Resident in Accra, Ghana since 2002, she has brought her contacts in international fashion and culture to spread awareness on the urgent need to get children out of orphanages and into family based care.
At the age of 23, Lisa fostered an orphan girl named Sabrina.In 2002, during a volunteering trip to Ghana with Sabrina, Lisa founded OAfrica, an organization focused on keeping kids out of orphanges and reuniting them with their families. OAfrica helps more than 5,000 children a year, providing healthcare, startup capital, resettlement packages and scholarships and they also find foster families for the few with no possible family placements . Since 2002,Lisa has been working in Ghana, campaigning against corrupt private orphanages.
Number of employees
Source: IRS Form 990
OAfricaOfficers, directors, trustees, and key employees
SOURCE: IRS Form 990
There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.
OAfricaBoard of directors
as of 06/08/2023
Board of directors data
Mr Terry Oppong
Term: 2020 - 2025
Board leadership practices
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Board orientation and educationDoes the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
CEO oversightHas the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
Ethics and transparencyHave the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
Board compositionDoes the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
Board performanceHas the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes
Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.
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Race & ethnicity
Equity strategiesLast updated: 02/11/2022
- We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
- We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
- We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
- We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
- We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
- We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
- We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
- We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
- We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
- We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
- We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
- We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
- We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
- We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.